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If Cheat day is 24 hours.... can I start at 8pm on Fri?

And then continue through 8pm on Saturday? So like you cheat on Friday night by going out, etc. and then cheat on Saturday DAY and then after dinner on Saturday night around 7pm or so you go back to clean?

Could be a bad idea throwing sleep in the middle of it all but what do you think?

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Can you? Sure, you can do whatever.

Would it mess up your progress with the Slow Carb diet? Probably.

You're basically giving yourself a cheat day friday night, and another cheat day saturday. Many people here will only do one cheat *meal*, so having a late night cheat, followed by a daytime cheat might not be the most effective plan.

I'd say, be the designated driver and avoid booze and carbs etc friday night, and go nuts saturday... or if you can't hold back, only have a bit after midnight so you are cheating on the same calendar day. Does waiting another 4 hours make a biological difference? No-- but its something of a psychological difference. Bend the rules now, and you'll bend them more until you break them. A little bit of hunger now and then is better than breaking your resolve.

  • LoLo commented Sep 7th 2011:

    hmmm, I respectfully disagree. I almost always start my cheat days Saturday night (around 7-8) and end them Sunday at the same time. I'm still sleeping in between, so i see no reason why this would be a problem. It has not weakened my resolve in the slightest, i am very diligent about stopping my cheat day at the correct time, and never cheating on "non-cheat" days

  • LoLo commented Sep 7th 2011:

    replace the monkey with "8:00"

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I've seen this question asked before, and I believe the general consensus is that your cheat day should be in one "sleep period". Basically, sleeping is the end of your cheat day, so starting Friday night, finishing Saturday night is not the best idea. I don't know the science behind it either, but that seems to be the general consensus.

  • forest parks commented Apr 22nd 2011:
    Been wondering this myself so thanks for the answers everyone.....

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First of all, the correct thing to do is have a cheat day for only one waking period for a few weeks, track your progress, and establish a baseline. Then try a 24-hour cheat day one weekend while keeping all other variables constant and see what happens. You'll get your answer.

But yeah, I've had a bit of a struggle working in my cheat day on Saturdays and going out on Friday nights. So what I did was make an experiment. I had only cheat days Saturdays (drinking whole minikegs by myself, etc) and only having 2 no-carb drinks (glass of wine, shot of tequila, neat single malt) on Fridays. Then one Friday night I had a normal slow-carb dinner, then had nothing but Tim's NoCal Margarita (club soda, tequila, and a bunch of limes - it's actually really good). I had 8 of these and one milk stout (couldn't resist) all night and still weighed 0.6 fewer lbs the next morning. Going out doesn't have to include beers and sugary shooters and late night pizza or whatever. Just swap beer/Alabama slammers with tequila and don't eat any restricted foods. Also, drink plenty of water.

  • sbrown commented Aug 3rd 2011:

    Sorry, didn't mean to "dislike" your answer! I'm on a touch screen phoned & apparently touched the wrong spot!

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Tim answers this directly.

One full sleep cycle. Go to bed at 4am on saturday..and wake up at 10am. from then until you go to bed is the cheat day.

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offhand you might as well go big friday and call that your cheat day.

It depends on where your at in BF%. you want to spike your caloritic intake but mix that with a low calorie diet. I'd worry that I would be 2 half assed cheat days. but I don't know the science behind it

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Your body behaves very differently at night than during the day. Spanning your cheat "day" over 24 hour period is NOT a good idea, as you will effectively end up with two sleep cycles following non-SCD consumption.

Cheat "day" shouldn't span two different waking periods.

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cheat day is definitely not 24 hours, is one waking period.

you wake up and start a cheat day that lasts until you go to bed.

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I do that, depending on what my weekend is looking like. I start my 24 hour time when ever I start eating dinner Friday night. Say I start eating at 8 pm Friday night, I stop Saturday night at 8pm. I only eat two cheat meals and I have my regular breakfast Saturday morning. I like to do it that way because I feel so sick if I don't stop 4 to 5 hour before I sleep. It hasn't seemed to have had any adverse effect on my weight loss in fact I think I might have done better, weight loss wise when I break it up with a nights sleep.

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Yep, definitely saw a reply from Tim on his blog to this type of question - he said it's one full wake cycle. I seem to remember it was something to do with the cycle of hormones but I can't be sure. That said I have done exactly this and it hasn't been *too* bad providing your implementing 'Damage Control' from the time you start on Fri (I have a bit of grapefruit juice before hand and try take a looong time over my meals/drinks)

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